Cool things in Logic Pro X Part 2

Logic Part 2
My wife doing some casual tape restoration

It’s time for part 2 of exploring some cool and relatively unique features in Logic Pro X while I spend a month using it.

These are some features for correction and creativity. (It so happens that my wife (seen above) was causually using these features to restore some old music cassettes in her sewing room the last few days.)

  • Flex Time
  • Flex Pitch
  • Groove Track
  • Quick Help

Time to dive in.

p.s. That’s a Cane Massager hanging off the lights. They’re pretty awesome for fixing knots in your neck and back that you can’t reach yourself.

Other parts in this series:

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HTTPS is live

I am not a web admin. I’m not a web guy. I’m not a network guy. There is one thing that I think I’m pretty good at though, and that’s responding to well-spoken criticism.

So https is live and here is why it matters. Please update your bookmarks to use https://www.admiralbumblebee.com!

Here is how I set it up on my server using certbot and apache. Type the commands in the boxes while ssh’d in to your server.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot - add the certbot repo
  • sudo apt-get update - update your apt packages
  • sudo apt-get install python-certbot-apache - install the certbot bot for apache
  • sudo certbot --apache -d admiralbumblebee.com -d www.admiralbumblebee.com -d admiralbubblebath.com -d www.admiralbubblebath.com - setup the bot and acquire certificates for the domains associated with this website
  • 1 - it asks if you wish to enable redirection. I have this turned off currently. I may change this in the future.
  • sudo certbot renew --dry-run - This simply checks to make sure the certificate renewal process works correctly in 90 days when it expires.

That’s all there was too it. It only took me a few minutes.

EDIT -

Since this post I installed certbot-auto. This is as easy as navigating to the directory that you wish to install it in, and using the following 2 commands:

  • wget https://dl.eff.org/certbot-auto
  • chmod a+x certbot-auto

Use ./path/to/certbot-auto the same way as you use certbot in the above information. It automatically updates itself and generally works better.

I also forgot to mention that I added a cronjob for renewing with the command crontab -e then adding the following line to the end of the file (this is for apache, which is what I run):

52 0,12 * * * root /home/certbot-auto renew --quiet --pre-hook "sudo service apache2 stop" --post-hook "sudo service apache2 start"

Cool things in Logic Pro X Part 1

Logic Part 1
Some interesting features in Logic Pro X

Here it comes! The part where I do a little mini-series on some cool features in Logic Pro X while I spend a month using it.

All three of these are not major unique features, but instead are quality of life-improvements. Little things that other DAWs also do, but not as well or as easily.

  • Region Based Automation
  • Drum Replacement and Triggering
  • Guitar Notation and Tablature
  • Persistent Undo

Let’s get on to it!

Other parts in this series:

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30 days of Apple Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X
Logic Pro X in action

Let me start this out by being totally clear: This is not the first time I’ve used Logic Pro X. I’ve used Logic 9 and Logic Pro X for 100s (1000s?) of hours in the past. However, I’ve never blogged my experiences using it, and I’ve never used it as my primary and only DAW for any significant period of time.

That starts now! For the next 30 days I will be using only Logic Pro X. I will be covering things I normally cover like: my first impressions, features I really like, things I really dislike, and reviews of included content.

I don’t have much to cover now. I’ve already spent ~12 hours converting projects, reading the entire Logic manual (twice) and re-familiarizing myself with the shortcuts. Soon will come a more in-depth post.

Note: I’m writing this series because of a request/question by a donator! If you wish to see specific content here then consider joining my Patreon or donating

Parts in this series:

Another tale of fantastic customer interaction - TBProAudio

IsoL8 orthographic Render
ISOL8 orthographic render

Perhaps you remember my previous post about Sonimus’s fantastic customer interaction. Well recently, on the same subject even, another company has stepped up: TBProAudio.

Click through for the interaction and timeline.

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Transfer mouse DPI/CPI settings to a different resolution device

Calculator
The Real calculator is later in the post

Do you have multiple computers, and use multiple mice? Then surely you’ve experienced the frustration of moving between the computers and the cursor movement feeling different. This really annoys me, and maybe it annoys you.

I’ve written a little calculator to help you translate your mouse cursor movement between devices and I explain how/why it works.

This is a wall-of-text with minimal pictures, but it’s worth reading if you care about your computer workflow.

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Patreon is Live!

Nothing fancy here, but I’ve setup a Patreon since I’ve been asked about it so many times.

I’ll be keeping the Patreon page up-to-date and pursuing this idea. Nothing else on the site will change, except possibly more content when Patreon goals are met.

The paypal donation is still live as well. You can just click the DONATE! link in the upper right to get both options.

(New 30 days post coming soon! 🍎 🖥 🎶 hint hint)

30 Days without Fabfilter products - The Conclusion

Fabfilter
Some choices I've made

So a little over a month ago, I decided to not use any Fabfilter products for 30 days. I felt like I rely on them perhaps too heavily.

This post is to help wrap this up and show my conclusions. I’ll discuss if there’s any products I felt were superior for my uses, if there’s any products I found a new respect for, and if I feel that the fabfilter option is simply the best in its class.

I won’t be talking about the sound quality of these products unless there’s some exceptional aspect of them worth mentioning. I think it goes without saying that I wouldn’t choose a product that I feel is sonically inferior.

Let’s do this.

note: Pro-L 2 came out the day I released this, so it’s not considered.

p.s.: Next 30 days is coming soon… 🍎

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QA with Adrian Alexander, A&R rep, of Elliptical Sun Recordings

QA
Q&A with Adrian Alexander

Recently on the EDM Production discord that I help administrate, I held a Q&A with Adrian Alexander, A&r rep, of Elliptical Sun Records. Specifically we discussed A&R and the music industry.

Click through for the whole Q&A as I’ve transcribed it.

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Reaper macro controls, the cool way

Macro Knobs(sliders) in Reaper! (video)

Have you ever wanted to control many controls with one control? Automate many parameters with a single track?

Are you using Reaper?

Then this is the blog post for you! I’m going to walk you through the process of creating easy macros in Reaper with a very flexible and quick method.

Previously I have covered a similar method. I suggest checking that out as well for more ideas. Or you may want to check out one of my other wacky posts about routing in Reaper

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